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  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Dover Thrift Eds edition (September 29, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486437930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486437934
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Richie Swellz on April 11, 2013
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As a rapper, this book has been a great benefit to me. You would never expect the teachings of Rhetoric would help someone expand musically but with an art form like hip hop completely based on swaying the thoughts and ideas of the listener this has certainly been a help. I'm writing better lyrics with my smoother transitions thanks to this.
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This book is a major book in the field of rhetoric. This translation is a great example of good translation. Get this book if even only to better understand ethos, pathos, and logos. It is greatly helping me in understanding mental health. This is because of Aristotle's insights on pathos (emotions).
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill on August 22, 2013
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A good copy of Aristotle's for a great prices. The binding is bright yellow and very hard to miss. Recommended.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matt Rodgers on February 9, 2013
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Aristotle was a truly forward thinker. His ideas on rhetoric can still be seen throughout the arguments of today. I truly feel that anyone interested in philosophy/rhetoric should read this man's work.
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7 of 20 people found the following review helpful By The Thousander Club on March 27, 2013
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Reading Aristotle's Rhetoric was a good idea that ended up being far more painful that I would have liked. It is common for me to read the recommended or referenced books of intellectuals that I admire. Although I don't quite remember where I heard or read Rhetoric referenced, it did find it's way on my Amazon Wish List. I can now say I've read it, but I wouldn't say much more than that about it. (Word of warning: Rhetoric is extremely referential to Aristotle's other works, and I learned the hard way I should have provided myself a better foundation before jumping into this treatise).

The biggest problem with Rhetoric is that it's not all that much about rhetoric. At least, not in a way that a modern reader would expect. It doesn't provide a litany of do's and don't's for public speaking, something that a reader could get by reading Dale Carnegie's The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking or the myriad of other self-help books on public speaking, but it provides surprisingly little information on rhetoric and the skills involved. The largest portion of the book is taken up exploring the varying traits and characteristics of a speaker's audience and why they are what they are. What makes someone noble? What makes someone a friend or an enemy? What are the idiosyncrasies of youth? Aristotle apparently felt that his interminable discussions on all things human would make his reader better at the use of rhetoric; I just felt it was unnecessary.

Like most things, it's not all bad. There are a few gems of true wisdom and some fascinating insights into rhetoric and the human experience, but it wasn't enough to sustain my interest.
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